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Kendal Mint Cake

Episode 4 of 5

Sheila McClennon explores the history of British sweet treats: an ‘accidental’ creation in Cumbria, Kendal Mint Cake. From August 2004.

According to legend, a 19th-century Kendal confectioner invented Kendal Mint Cake by accident in the Cumbrian town.

Little did he realise the outsized role it was to take in mountaineering history – including fuelling the first ascent of Mount Everest.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes shares fond memories of his own expeditions - and the key role the cake played for him.

Five choice slices of British sweet treats as Sheila McClennon tells the stories behind them.

Producer: Libby Cross

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.

15 minutes

Last on

Fri 8 Mar 2019 02:15